"System Earth" at school

Between science and education

System Earth NASA / Podbregar
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Whether volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or tsunamis, time and again it turns out that the earth is a complex system. The aim of the project "Research Dialogue: System Earth" was to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the many interactions between air, water, rocks and living things. As a result, multimedia teaching materials for upper secondary and primary school have been developed, incorporating current research findings and in collaboration with geoscientific institutions.

"Geography is traditionally the center of geoscience, " explains Sylke Hlawatsch from the Leibniz Institute for the Education of Natural Sciences (IPN) at the University of Kiel. In addition to classical geography lessons, there are also many opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching with the natural sciences, "says Hlawatsch. "Because the questions about the functioning of the planet Earth can be partially processed in biology, chemistry and physics lessons."

The IPN has moved to the interface between geosciences, schools and the public with the project "Research Dialogue: System Earth". "The goal was to provide students with current geoscientific research results, a comprehensive basic scientific understanding of the complex system Earth, " said Hlawatsch, who accompanied the development of materials as a project manager.

teaching materials

Pupils in class © MMCD

The central element of the project is the CD-ROM "System Earth - Teaching Materials for Secondary Education". Numerous animations, interactive computer-aided materials, as well as diagrams, videos, worksheets, fact texts and an integrated drawing tool for effect structures allow a versatile school education, but also the free exploration and learning at home. For teachers, the CD-ROM also contains didactic hints. At the push of a button, you can create special student versions of the CD-ROM that contain the factual information and materials, but not the solutions and didactic hints.

For grades 3 and 4 the non-fiction book "Our Earth - for children who want to understand the world" has been published by Kallmayer Verlag. It contains a CD-ROM with educational games on storks and dinosaurs. Extensive accompanying materials can be obtained free of charge from the internet. display

Professional and didactic support

The project involved the development of representatives from all departments of the IPN, the Institute of Geography Didactics of the University of Kiel and the education administrations of the countries. In addition, numerous scientists from more than twenty geoscientific institutes ensured that the content was up-to-date. In addition, 14 teaching staff from all over Germany participated in the material development. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


System Earth - Teaching materials for secondary education II

Text versions of the modules for secondary education II

Materials for elementary school

Project Research Dialogue: System Earth

(Ingrid Hemmer (HGD), 11.05.2007 - AHE)